Thursday, April 28, 2016

In Theaters Now - 4/29/16


(new releases in green)
  • Sing Street      Grade: A
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane      Grade: A-
  • Green Room      Grade: A-
  • Elvis & Nixon       Grade: A-
  • Midnight Special      Grade: B+
  • Deadpool      Grade: B+
  • A Hologram for the King      Grade: B+
  • Eye in the Sky     Grade: B+
  • London Has Fallen      Grade: B-
  • The Boss      Grade: B-
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2    Grade: B-
  • Criminal      Grade: C+
  • Everybody Wants Some!!      Grade: C+
  • The Jungle Book      Grade: C+
  • Miles Ahead      Grade: C
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  Grade: D
  • Hardcore Henry      Grade: D

Additional Films Not Reviewed:

  • Barbershop: The Next Cut
  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant
  • God's Not Dead 2
  • Hello, My Name is Doris
  • The Huntsman: Winter's War
  • Keanu
  • Meet the Blacks
  • Mother's Day
  • Papa Hemingway in Cuba
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • Zootopia



Friday, April 15, 2016

In Theaters Now - 4/15/16


(new releases in green)
  • Demolition      Grade:  A
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane      Grade: A-
  • Midnight Special      Grade: B+
  • Deadpool      Grade: B+
  • Eye in the Sky     Grade: B+
  • London Has Fallen      Grade: B-
  • The Boss      Grade: B-
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2    Grade: B-
  • Criminal      Grade: C+
  • Everybody Wants Some!!      Grade: C+
  • The Jungle Book      Grade: C+
  • Born to Be Blue      Grade: C
  • Miles Ahead      Grade: C
  • The Adderall Diaries      Grade: C-
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  Grade: D
  • Hardcore Henry      Grade: D

Additional Films Not Reviewed:

  • Barbershop: The Next Cut
  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant
  • God's Not Dead 2
  • Hello, My Name is Doris
  • I Saw the Light
  • Meet the Blacks
  • Miracles From Heaven
  • The Perfect Match
  • Zootopia


The Jungle Book


I don't know about you, but The Jungle Book was a very significant part of my youth.  In many ways it represents to me the care free innocence of those days.  Sadly, those days are long gone, as this man cub has grown up.  But I was hoping that this remake of the 1967 Disney classic would bring back those happy, child-like feelings.  Unfortunately the opposite was true.  It really mostly made me sad.  You really can't go home again.  Especially when they remade your home with fancy CGI, forced homages, and a live action Mowgli who really underwhelms.  Sure, the CGI is impressive.  It's downright amazing what you can do with technology.  But the charms of the original are almost completely absent.  The animals look too real, and seeing their mouths move and human voices come out is just weird.  And the voices themselves just don't feel right.  When I was a kid, Baloo's voice was Baloo.  Now it's Bill Murray being pretty much Bill Murray.  I don't understand why they need the most famous voices for animated films.  It just takes me out of the story.  (Garry Shandling in particular, in his last role undoubtedly, as the voice of a porcupine, made me further sad.)  And of all the kids out there, of which I'm sure they auditioned many, I can't believe that Neel Sethi is the best they could find to play Mowgli.  Sorry, but he's not even close to fit for such an iconic role.  I love director Jon Favreau, but this whole project was a mistake.

Grade:  C+

Who is this movie for?  I'm sure your kids will love it.  But as a huge fan of the original I wish I hadn't seen it.  In retrospect it was as bad an idea as remaking Casablanca would be.

Friday, April 8, 2016

In Theaters Now - 4/8/16


(new releases in green)
  • The Revenant      Grade: A+
  • Where to Invade Next      Grade: A
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane      Grade: A-
  • One More Time      Grade: B+
  • The Witch      Grade: B+
  • Midnight Special      Grade: B+
  • Deadpool      Grade: B+
  • Eye in the Sky     Grade: B+
  • The Boy      Grade: B-
  • London Has Fallen      Grade: B-
  • The Boss      Grade: B-
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2    Grade: B-
  • Everybody Wants Some!!      Grade: C+
  • Born to Be Blue      Grade: C
  • Krisha     Grade: C-
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  Grade: D
  • Hardcore Henry      Grade: D

Additional Films Not Reviewed:

  • Demolition
  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant
  • God's Not Dead
  • Gods of Egypt
  • Hello, My Name is Doris
  • I Saw the Light
  • Meet the Blacks
  • Miracles From Heaven
  • The Perfect Match
  • Zootopia